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Photographer. Poet. Dreamer.
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February Self Portrait Challenge: Framed

What this means is that, in whatever way you like, use a frame creatively in your self portrait. Check out the gallery linked below for some inspiration.
Extended rules below.

Just post your entry to the “Challenge Submissions” Category in the Art of Self Portraiture Community (can be found here: http://goo.gl/VbVTm4). If you’re not a member, you just have to join the Community to post, which is easy and we are happy to have you!
Art of Self Portraiture Community: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ

At least 10 submissions from eligible participants must be received in order for judging to commence and prizes to be awarded.

If you’d rather/additionally like to enter on Facebook, you can find the event posted on our page here: https://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture/
February FB Event: TBA


Tips & Inspiration

Here's a flickr gallery with some inspirational "framed" self portraits: https://goo.gl/RtywiB

Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we will also be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired.

If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/W69Ohj and ask away! We have a category for discussion and questions and are happy to help with anything. 

Thanks to community moderator +Stefan Riss for letting us use his image!

Prizes

~1 Year +SmugMug Portfolio Account http://www.smugmug.com/features
(or comped value on current account)
~$150 Gift Certificate (restrictions apply*) for +BorrowLenses http://www.borrowlenses.com 
~+Think Tank Photo Turnstyle 10 https://goo.gl/o8VMj5
~+Capturing Couture Credit for a discontinued Strap (shipping not included) http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/sale-rack-camera

Please follow these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :)

There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes, and also has their image take the place of the current Avatar for The Art of Self Portraiture Community. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen.

At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :)

Please Remember These Rules:

~Enter Only Your Own Work
~Enter Only ONE Photo
~Only SELF PORTRAITS
~Must adhere to this month's theme.
~Photo Must Be Tasteful/Artistic
~No Graphic Nudity, Violence, Sexual Themes or Otherwise Offensive Content
~Photo Must Be Taken in February 2017 (composite elements can be taken at other times, but self portrait element must be current)
~Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months
~No More Than 3 Wins Total
~Employees of sponsors are encouraged to participate, but cannot win.
~Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact
~Follow Our Prize Sponsors
~No Trickery or Spamming
~We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants
~Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A Participant

*Borrow Lenses Gift certificate codes applicable only to orders placed before their expiration dates. Gift certificate codes are for rentals only, are not transferable, are not valid on “for sale” items. Gift certificate codes are not stackable with any other coupon unless you are a BL member. BorrowLenses.com rental orders only ship to U.S. addresses and renters must possess a U.S. credit card.

#selfportrait #photography #art #selfportraiture #artofselfportraiture #create #challenge #frame #framed

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Emotional Lobotomy Reversal
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#SelfPortraitSunday This Weekend - February 19th!

Everyone is invited to share an image - join us in capturing a current self portrait!

Theme: No theme this weekend - create whatever you like.

Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/QhMJoF (For “old school” participants, please note that this has been recently revised!)

We have a Self Portrait Sunday Category in the ASP Community - all posts and entries for #selfportraitsunday go to that category, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/HJuATd (If you are not a member of the Community, please request to join so that you can participate - it’s easy to join and we are happy to have you!)
You can post your #SPS image to the Self Portrait Sunday Category whenever it is Sunday where you live, during this weekend’s “event” (February 19th).

Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, February 13th up until the event weekend.

As always, have some fun!
Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-)

Any questions? We have moderators and members in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj

If you'd like to, you can also share your image on the FB SPS Event. Check the FB ASP page for details: FB ASP Page: www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture 

Thank you to community moderator +Nynke B for letting us use her image on this post! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :)
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#selfportrait #photography #selfportraitsunday #selfportraiture #art #creative #share #social
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January "Duality" Self Portrait Challenge Winners
Congratulations to the winners of last month's Self Portrait Challenge!

First Place: +Gilmar Smith
Second Place: +Shelly MacNeil -Conway
Third Place: +Piotr Edelman
Fourth Place: +Alan Bland

You can see their photos below - an amazing display of their dual natures.
photos are cropped for the purpose of the mosaic - you can view the originals in the event linked below

The winners got prizes from our sponsors, and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VO Gilmar's first place image will become the avatar for the Community until next month!

Big thanks to all of our fantastic January sponsors, +BorrowLenses, +Think Tank Photo, +Capturing Couture, & +SmugMug - our winners will be enjoying great prizes from them. Make sure you follow them for great photography products and services.

Great job to everyone who submitted an image and thanks for participating!
All Submissions:
G+: https://goo.gl/nWCzie
FB: https://goo.gl/VsIolz
Finalists: https://goo.gl/XicxlA

Are you ready for the next Challenge? It's already up - view it here:
February Self Portrait Challenge: Framed
G+: https://goo.gl/4OQ27a
FB: https://goo.gl/MvI4iw

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Viewing this post but not a member of The Art of Self Portraiture? If you're serious about exploring creative self portraiture, request to join here:
Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ
Facebook Group: https://goo.gl/WBnqpB
Membership requests must be approved. No "snapshot style" photography allowed.

You can also find us here:
Website: http://artofselfportraiture.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/artofselfportraiture
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture
Ello: https://ello.co/selfportraiture
Twitter: http://twitter.com/selfportraiture
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/artofselfportraiture
Tumblr: https://artofselfportraiture.tumblr.com


#selfportrait   #selfportraiture   #challenge   #photography   #duality #creative #art

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Here are the Finalists from the January "Duality" Challenge.
Left to right, top to bottom:
+Shelly MacNeil -Conway
+Alan Bland
+Craig Szymanski
+Maayan Windmuller
Melinda
+Piotr Edelman
+François Savard
+Ralph Mendoza
Mark Rowland Jones
+Max Kotchouro
+Gilmar Smith

All Submissions:
G+: https://goo.gl/nWCzie
FB: https://goo.gl/VsIolz

We have 11 great photos from talented artists in the finalists pool illustrating human dualities.
photos are cropped for the purpose of the mosaic

Who will be chosen as the 4 winners for January?  We'll announce the winners tomorrow! Stay tuned...

Thanks to our January prize sponsors, +Capturing Couture, +SmugMug, +BorrowLenses, & +Think Tank Photo! We love their products and services and appreciate their support. :)

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Viewing this post but not a member of The Art of Self Portraiture? If you're serious about exploring creative self portraiture, request to join here:
Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ
Facebook Group: https://goo.gl/WBnqpB

You can also find us here:
Website: http://artofselfportraiture.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/artofselfportraiture
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture
Ello: https://ello.co/selfportraiture
Twitter: http://twitter.com/selfportraiture
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/artofselfportraiture
Tumblr: https://artofselfportraiture.tumblr.com


#selfportrait   #selfportraiture   #challenge   #photography   #duality #art #creative

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#SelfPortraitSunday This Weekend - February 5th, 2017!

Everyone is invited to share an image - join us in capturing a current self portrait!

Theme: Sweet
If you would like to share an image that doesn't match the theme, that is fine, too. As long as it was captured within the qualifying timeframe.

Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/QhMJoF (For “old school” participants, please note that this has been recently revised!)

We have a Self Portrait Sunday Category in the ASP Community - all posts and entries for #selfportraitsunday go to that category, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/HJuATd (If you are not a member of the Community, please request to join so that you can participate - it’s easy to join and we are happy to have you!)
You can post your #SPS image to the Self Portrait Sunday Category whenever it is Sunday where you live, during this weekend’s “event” (February 5th).

Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, January 30th up until the event weekend.

As always, have some fun!
Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-)

Any questions? We have moderators and members in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj

If you'd like to, you can also share your image on the FB SPS Event. Check the FB ASP page for details: FB ASP Page: www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture 

Thank you to +Stacy Vitallo for letting us use her image on this post! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :)
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#selfportrait #photography #selfportraitsunday #selfportraiture #art #creative #share #social #sweet #portrait
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Beautifully done.

"Duality" Challenge
Submissions accepted through the 31st
G+: https://goo.gl/nWCzie
FB: https://goo.gl/VsIolz

#selfportrait #challenge #duality #art
Bargaining with Death

“And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live.” - Neil Gaiman

Death is an inevitable part of life. At the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, I feel like I have experienced too much in such a short time. First with my grandmother and then my beloved furbaby, Tenshi.

The pain has been great in my heart, but the need to move through it and ease the ache seems to come in the form of creating art. Duality seemed like a cathartic place to begin.

This image came to be based on my love of Neil Gaiman's character, Death, which (along side Delirium) is one of my favorites in the graphic novel series "The Sandman". She had her own spin-off_"s Death: The High Cost of Living"_ and "Death: The Time of Your Life".

Once I knew that she was the the centerpiece to my story, it was easy to create a narrative in my head based on the grief I was feeling. There are stages that all the experts and google searches tell you that you will go through, and while I feel like I have made it through most of them, there are still times I find it hard knowing they are gone.

Some days are good and some days are bad. At the end of the day, I think of a very famous quote by Death herself...

“You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives

So I am going to keep them alive in my memories and heart, and continue to live.

#theartofselfportraiture #duality
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When we allow fear to cripple our humanity, to shunt love and the passion to support others in need, to trample upon compassion and benevolence, we truly usher in an all-consuming darkness.

Friends, we must fight to keep the light on.

#resist #nomuslimban #nowall 
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the world turns and turns
day chasing night into infinity
the sun doesn't ever go down
she is always shining somewhere
like a lovestruck bird floating on air
my heart chases that golden light
the darkness can never last long
keep your light shining and fly with me.

#ibelieveinwords #poemaday2017
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Stay strong. I love you.
💪❤️️🔥
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